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Learn how to protect critical conductors, dielectric, and optical fibers from deforming, cracking, or unraveling
By focusing just on the AM build process, a fundamental part of the production process chain is often overlooked: post-processing.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Reducing the High Cost Of Titanium
With such great abundance, why is titanium so expensive?
Custom enclosure gaskets can meet a variety of mechanical shock and thermal requirements.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Manufacturing Process for Monocoque Components
A new process enables large monocoque components to more accurately retain their shape after cooling.
Articles: Aerospace
Marking Aircraft Components
Although marking adds no intrinsic value to a component, it is central to the smooth operation of the industry.
Today's technology must increase production rates and part quality, while reducing setup times and costs.
Businesses are using AR to overhaul processes, drive efficiencies, reduce manufacturing errors, and improve their bottom line.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The Challenge of Replacing Hard Chrome
Replacing hard chrome requires aerospace companies to critically evaluate why they used it in the first place.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Vehicles
Helping to drive the AI trend is the availability of a new class of embedded AI processors.
Articles: Defense
Air Caster Technology

If there is a prime example of the need for friction-free, precise and delicate equipment movement in the aerospace and defense industries, satellite positioning during the testing cycle should be at the top of the...

Conventional reconfigurable electrical and radio frequency (RF) structures commonly used in applications involving real-time reconfigurability in response to fast varying...

In the recent past, military acquisition has shifted from being locked into large long-term contracts to developing complex systems in...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
NASA Eyes GPS at the Moon for Artemis Missions

The Global Positioning System (GPS), a satellite-based navigation system used by an estimated four billion people worldwide to figure out where they are on Earth at any moment, could be used to...

Once firmly rooted in its analog origins, critical communications is now steadily evolving to provide enhanced situational awareness. The latest public safety and military communications...

Heat-seeking missiles have been in use against both rotorcraft and fixed wing aircraft since the mid-1950s, and countermeasures to deceive their guidance systems have been employed...

There is increasing demand for high-quality High Definition (HD) video for airborne applications such as Flight Test Instrumentation (FTI). Ideally, such new...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Machining Titanium Aero-Frames

The rise of titanium for aerospace applications has been well documented in recent years. Equally, the challenges associated with the efficient, productive and high-quality machining of this popular material,...

Quality assurance and flight certification of critical aerospace parts and assemblies have reached new levels of sophistication in recent years. Leading aerospace and defense manufacturers...

Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Aerospace Work Platforms — More than Meets the Eye

For maintenance personnel in the aerospace industry to do their jobs effectively, they need to be able to get physically close to the equipment they are working on. This statement sounds...

Articles: Imaging
Underwater Drone Technology

Finding ways to overcome physical limitations so that humans can dive deeper and stay underwater longer has been an ongoing quest. Back in the 15th century, Leonardo Da Vinci drew sketches of a submarine and a...

Advanced thermoplastic composites-and their emergence as prominent materials for future aerospace applications–are sparking a flurry of activity from...

A jet engine is the very definition of “mission-critical.” A critical failure could cause a serious accident that endangers hundreds of lives. To prevent this from happening,...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
An Introduction to PCM Heat Sinks

With the exception of thermal storage heat sinks, the term heat sink is a misnomer. Standard heat sinks for electronics cooling are actually heat exchangers, taking the heat from the electronics, and...

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Eye Tracking Technology

Much debate surrounds the skills shortage burdening the manufacturing sector of aerospace and defense (A&D). Industry 4.0, the Baby Boomer retirement wave, and a lack of properly trained workers underpins this...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Metal Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM) – the process of building up solid layers of material to form a finished solid part — is an emerging and exciting technical discipline. Also referred to as “3D printing,” many...

Articles: Test & Measurement
Testing Military Vehicle Steering Systems

Military vehicles play a vital role in protecting our society — and inevitably encounter many extreme conditions across their lifespan. From the varying weight, to the rough terrain, there is a lot...

Reinforcing polymers with strong/stiff fibers is nothing new. Such materials have been used pretty much since aircraft were first created. In those pioneering days, wings were reinforced with woven...

New and powerful projection based augmented reality (AR) technology is transforming the way products — ranging from turbine engines to pacemakers — are made, while...

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